BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor’s business of the year, environmental leader and rising star of 2014 have been named by the chamber of commerce.
Window Panes is the business of the year, while Diver Ed is named environmental leader.
Acadian Nature Cruises is this year’s rising star, and R.M. Flagg is named sustaining member of the year.
Bar Harbor Brass Week is the recipient of a new honor, the President’s Award.
“The Bar Harbor chamber of commerce would like to congratulate these businesses for demonstrating superior business practices and contributing to our community,” chamber director Chris Fogg said in a press release Tuesday.
The awards will be presented at the chamber’s annual dinner, set for Oct. 21 at the Bar Harbor Club.
The winner of the Cadillac Award, the chamber’s top honor, also will be named that night.
Window Panes was opened by Greg and Julie Veilleux in 1994. The Main Street shop sells home and garden related products, and is open year-round. The Veilleuxs are committed to selling high-quality, hard-to-find, unique and functional items. They consider their strong work ethic and commitment to customer service as the cornerstones of their business.
The President’s Award is a new addition to the chamber’s award roster, and is meant to recognize a business or organization that has demonstrated an exceptional and sustained dedication to the community.
Bar Harbor Brass Week is the inaugural winner, having provided “a selfless support of the intangible qualities that make Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island the unique community that it is,” the press release states.
Brass Week is an intensive educational and performance experience for college and high school brass musicians presented yearly in memory of Mount Desert Island native Mark Woolman Horner. For 15 years, the event has brought some of the finest students, pre-professionals, musicians and music educators to Bar Harbor every June.
Diver Ed is the 2014 environmental leader. The award is presented each year to a business that has shown leadership in the community through its sustainable practices.
Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater is a 2.5-hour scenic boat ride into Frenchman Bay during which captain Eddie Monay surveys the ocean floor with video and sound equipment broadcasting to the deck of his boat, Starfish Enterprise. Passengers can handle many of the creatures that Diver Ed brings up from the sea floor during the incredibly popular trip.
The 2014 Rising Star is Acadian Nature Cruises. The ocean touring boat, headquartered at the Atlantic Oceanside hotel pier, offers a 2-hour narrated tour of Frenchman Bay. Passengers might see eagles, seals, porpoises and other marine mammals and birds, along with shorefront mansions and lighthouses.
The rising star award is given to a business that has demonstrated marked growth and prominence in the community.
The sustaining member award goes annually to a business located outside of Bar Harbor. This year’s selection is R.M. Flagg of Bangor. The food service equipment company has been supplying restaurants since 1928 and is involved with many local eating establishments.